Online Conference – 28 Nov 2020

Dying with Dignity? 

The Challenge of Assisted Suicide


Iona Institute Northern Ireland invites you to take part in an interactive, online conference on the theme of Dying with Dignity and whether this is compatible with an assisted suicide regime of the kind being introduced in the Irish Republic. The event will take place on Zoom, on Saturday, November 28, starting at 11am. The speakers will be Robert Preston, Baroness Ilora Finlay, and Dr Gaven Kerr.

This event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance – please email with “Dying with Dignity” in the subject line.

Ilora Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, is a Welsh doctor, professor of palliative medicine, and a Crossbench member of the House of Lords. She has long advocated on a range of public health issues including smoking, alcohol consumption and organ donation. She has also publicly stated her opposition to euthanasia, drawing on her experience in palliative care.

After a career in Whitehall, Robert Preston joined the Westminster parliamentary service and served as Clerk to the Mackay Committee’s inquiry into ‘assisted dying’. He has been Director of the think-tank Living and Dying Well since 2010 and is co-author, with Baroness Finlay, of the recently-published book ‘Death by Appointment – A Rational Guide to the Assisted Dying Debate’.

Dr Gaven Kerr is a married father of three, a Third Order Dominican and a Lecturer in Philosophy at St Patrick’s College Maynooth. He has published two books with Oxford University Press and numerous articles in various international scholarly journals. He is also active in online fora and philosophy podcasting.